With Love and Aloha from the 50th State: From Hawai’i, home of our La Perouse Memorial at La Perouse Bay, Maui, the most visited historical site in the Valley Isle in honor of the French explorer the Comte Jean-François de Galaup de La Pérouse (1741-1788), who refused to claim Maui in the name of his King Louis XVI, becomes the very first State in the nation to join the #ParisClimateAgreement. Thank you, Mahalo and Merci Gov. Ige!
Meanwhile, in Montreal, Canada…
Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau dine together in Canada
How do we get young leaders to take action in their communities? Thanks @BarackObama for your visit & insights tonight in my hometown.
“Climate change IS real, regardless of what others may say.”
Hawai’i Gov. David Ige at the State Capitol in Honolulu, June 6th, 2017
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Hawai‘i becomes first state to enact law that aligns with Paris agreement
HONOLULU – In a show of support for the Paris climate agreement, Gov. David Ige and Hawai‘i’s county mayors and representatives gathered for the signing of two bills and a mayors’ agreement that support the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord.
Hawai‘i is the first state in the nation to enact legislation that implements portions of the Paris agreement.
Gov. Ige signed SB 559 (Act 032) which expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement.
The governor also signed HB 1578 (Act 033) which establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration – the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change.
“Hawai‘i is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change. Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth,” said Gov. Ige. “The Hawai‘i State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children.”
“The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai‘i, despite the Federal government’s withdrawal from the treaty,” said Sen. J. Kalani English, senate majority leader who introduced SB 559.
In addition, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and representatives for Hawai‘i Island Mayor Harry Kim, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, and Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho signed a statement declaring their commitment to continue supporting of the Paris agreement.